Back-to-school season looks a little different this year . This season we’re arming our kids with hand sanitizers, masks and disinfect sprays while trying to maintain a bit of normalcy with backpacks, shoes and dresses kids will love. According to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, parents plan to spend an average $789.49 per family on back-to-school shopping—much higher than the previous record of $696.70 last year.
Sounds like we’re all gunning for an A+ in back-to-school shopping, that’s why we rounded up everything you need to get your family through the first few months. (We even included pajamas in case virtual school is your pick.). Take a deep breath, you’ve got this mama.
Here’s what we’re buying for the first day of school and beyond:
Is it even back to school season if you aren’t on the hunt for the cutest pair of overalls? We always look to OshKosh B’gosh to outfit tykes with convertible tabs that take them from colder to warmer seasons with ease. Next month (August 27th), the brand will launch a limited-edition capsule collection in celebration of 125 years , featuring vintage-inspired denim overalls and tees for the whole family—yes including dad, too!
Layer on chic style with this soft cotton cardigan. Note: It’s true to size so if you’re planning to use it the entire season, opt for a slightly larger size.
If there’s one feature in a kids shoe that we constantly look for, it’s extra-wide widths. When you’re trying to get little ones out the door the last thing you want to do is fumble with wonky shoes. That’s why we’re obsessed with these kicks,designed to accommodate orthotics, braces and extra-wide widths. And, of course, there are traditional sizes for kids with standard sized feet.
We could all use more sequins in our life. They make you feel happy, right? This on-trend backpack is great for stylishly keeping their items in one place.
Life can come at you hard. That’s why we look to this journal to helps kids face challenges with ease and confidence.
Our EIC loves these shoes because they were designed with pediatricians and podiatrists to help support growing feet. They offer a fit finder quiz on their site to make it easy for parents to figure out the exact right size for their kids, and the shoes come with these adorable sneaker stickers that let your little customize their shoes however they want. Bonus: They’re also fully vegan!
We love multifunctional clothing and this dress designed for sleep and play is awesome for kids staying at home for virtual learning . We love the double loop stitching for kids constantly on the move, and the viscose and spandex blend adds an extra layer for comfort.
Why should big kids have all the new back-to-school goodies? Give your new walker the gift of comfort with this slip on made of antiperspirant fabric that keeps their tiny feet dry.
Make ‘Dapper’ their middle name when he walks into the room with this ribbed cardigan.
Wear these soft and stretchy leggings alone or under pants when the weather is super chilly.
Are you tired of seeing your kid in sneakers all day, everyday? Switch up their look with these brown oxfords. Did someone say, GQ ready?
Pajamas are the classic homeschool uniform, and this short set made of 100% Pima cotton is a front-runner for at-home comfort. But here’s the catch: Only buy it if you’re down for the struggle to get them into normal clothing again.
Add playful touches to their wardrobe with these organic printed socks.
There’s always a struggle getting my daughter to wear headbands. She doesn’t love the pressure around her little head. But, this soft and stretch elastic band is gentle enough for the smallest heads. It also comes with a removable topknot for extra styling. I’m a huge fan.
This vegan-friendly backpack is everything stylish kids need for school. It’s large enough to carry a small lunchbox, and the perfect size for basic supplies. It also includes a water bottle holder for on-the-go hydration.
Native shoes updated this pull on boot this season with an animal free upper that’s water-resistant and easy to clean, which means #momlife instantly became easier. Need help finding the best size? Try the Jenzy app to nail the best fit.
This is the perfect piece for the transitional weather. Lightweight enough to throw on like a cozy sweater, but stylish and durable enough to wear every day. We love that it dresses up any outfit. Plus, even though it looks super luxe, it’s completely machine washable!
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